16 days in Peru Itinerary

16 days in Peru Itinerary

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16 days in Peru Itinerary

Start: Glasgow, Scotland
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Lima
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Paracas
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Cusco
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Arequipa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Puno
— 1 night
+4
Fly + Taxi + Bus + Foot + Train:  11​h 15​min
6
Machu Picchu
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
7
Maras
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Glasgow, Scotland

2
nights
Lima

Founded in 1535 by Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro, Lima represents an interesting blend of modern attractions and preserved colonial architecture, much of it clustered in the World Heritage-listed city center.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take a stroll through Centro Historico de Lima, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Virgen Milagrosa, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Caral Peru.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lima trip planner .

Glasgow, UK to Lima is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Lima is minus 5 hours. In April, Lima is warmer than Glasgow - with highs of 28°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Paracas.

Things to do in Lima

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Centro Historico de Lima ©
Centro Historico de Lima
Caral Peru ©
Caral Peru

2
nights
Paracas

Paracas ©
A port town largely devoted to tourism, Paracas serves as a popular starting point for exploration of Peru's south coast.
On the 12th (Sun), see Off-Road Tours, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Roja, then don't miss a visit to The Chandelier, and finally stroll through Paracas National Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): kick back and relax at Yumaque Beach, then explore the fascinating landscape at Paracas Nature Reserve, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa de la Mina, and finally stroll through Playa Atenas.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Paracas online journey planner .

You can drive from Lima to Paracas in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Paracas are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cusco.

Things to do in Paracas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Paracas National Reserve
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Playa Roja ©
Playa Roja
Off-Road Tours
Playa de la Mina
Playa de la Mina

3
nights
Cusco

Cusco ©
Capital of the Inca Empire for three centuries, World Heritage-listed Cusco is now a major tourist destination, drawing nearly 2 million annual tourists with its well-preserved colonial architecture and proximity to Machu Picchu.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero and Q'enqo. Escape the urban bustle at Kayaking & Canoeing and exploor. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado Central de San Pedro, stroll through Santuario Animal de Cochahuasi, steep yourself in history at Sacred Valley of the Incas, and view the masterpieces at Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Cusco online visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Paracas to Cusco takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Paracas in April, plan for a bit cooler days in Cusco, with highs around 23°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Arequipa.

Things to do in Cusco

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sacred Valley of the Incas, Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero
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Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero ©
Complejo Arqueologico Chinchero
Sacred Valley of the Incas ©
Sacred Valley of the Incas
exploor ©
exploor

2
nights
Arequipa

Arequipa ©
In an area dominated three imposing volcanoes, Arequipa vacations allow visitors to admire well-preserved colonial architecture in a dramatic setting.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa, and then steep yourself in history at Historic Centre of Arequipa. On the 18th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Arte Colonial, get to know the fascinating history of Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, get engrossed in the history at Museo Santuarios Andinos, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Alvaro Valdivia - Anticuario, then get impressive views of Volcan Misti, and finally stop by Incalpaca.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Arequipa trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Cusco to Arequipa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cusco in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Arequipa, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Puno.

Things to do in Arequipa

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Historic Centre of Arequipa ©
Historic Centre of Arequipa
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa ©
Museo de la Catedral de Arequipa

1
night
Puno

Hugging the western tip of Lake Titicaca, Puno serves as a melting pot of indigenous and imported cultures, and makes a great base for explorations around the region.
On the 19th (Sun), get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titicaca, and then take a stroll through Luquina Chico.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Puno trip site .

Traveling by car from Arequipa to Puno takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Arequipa in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Puno, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Machu Picchu.

Things to do in Puno

Tours Outdoors Neighborhoods
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Speed Boats Tours
Lake Titicaca ©
Lake Titicaca

1
night
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ©
A symbol of the Incan civilization, the abandoned city of Machu Picchu represents a must-see on a Peru vacation.
On the 20th (Mon), get great views at Intipuncu, delve into the distant past at Winay Wayna, and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mariposario de Machupicchu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs (Aguas Calientes), then take in nature's colorful creations at Los Jardines de Mandor, then don't miss a visit to Plaza Manco Capac, and finally kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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You can drive from Puno to Machu Picchu in 11.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Maras.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

Parks Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trip

Zipline
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Winay Wayna ©
Winay Wayna
Zipline
Intipuncu ©
Intipuncu

1
night
Maras

Maras ©
Maras is a town in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, 40 kilometers north of Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Salinas de Maras and then delve into the distant past at Moray.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Maras online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Machu Picchu to Maras by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in April, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Maras

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Moray ©
Moray
Salinas de Maras ©
Salinas de Maras

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